Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music supports Norwich Sistema* both financially and artistically wherever possible. Tasmin Little, who has worked with Sistema projects elsewhere, has kindly agreed to come to Norwich the day before her recital with Martin Roscoe, to work with the children during the day and in the evening of 28 February she will be giving a Fundraising concert at the John Innes Centre – details below. Several audience members have expressed an interest in making personal contributions to this project and it will be an opportunity to find out more. Please do come along, bring friends if possible, and enjoy a glass of wine and violin playing by one of the foremost artists of our generation.
Saturday 1st March 2014, 7 pm
Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Patterson: Luslawice Variations Op 50
J S Bach: Partita No 3 in E maj BWV1006 Loure, Gavotte & Gigue
Ysaye: Sonata No 3 ‘Ballade’
Programme approx 90 mins without interval
Tickets £15 to include a glass of wine (£10 if you already have or intend to buy tickets for the 1 March concert. Box office; Prelude 25b St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1JN Tel 01603 628319
Sistema in Norwich is a new and independent project based on the Venezuelan El Sistema music education and social change programme, made famous by the world renowned Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. El Sistema has inspired children all over the world and helped them to improve their life chances.
For three and a half years, NORCA (Norfolk & Norwich Community Arts) was part of a pilot a programme funded by the UK government which provided over 1,000 Norwich school children with musical, social and personal development, and created twoorchestras made up of young children from the Larkman and Catton Grove areas of the city. Learning from existing work by El Sistema and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra which is the most famous example of what El Sistema can achieve, Norwich has seen the development of a ground-breaking project that improves the lives of some of the city’s most deprived children through participation in music.
The pilot programme was called In Harmony Norwich and was part of a 3-year national pilot that included Norwich, Liverpool and Lambeth, funded by the Department for Education.
When funding for this pilot came to an end Sistema in Norwich was created to continue this work in the existing schools (Catton Grove and Larkman Primary). Additionally, Sistema in Norwich is now available to a wider range of schools and will be more flexible in the way that it delivers music education and social change through music. The priorities are individual and social development through the skills required to learn music, play an instrument, and work as a team member in an orchestra.
Sistema in Norwich is currently supported through the schools’ own budgets, sponsorship and funding from Norfolk Music Hub and local Trusts. In order to develop a full Sistema programme, a fundraising appeal will be launched in the autumn.